BRONX, N.Y. — Right around this time of the year we’d have the MLB All-Star Game. Derek Jeter was a 14-time All-Star and started at shortstop nine times. One often hears about his nearly identical numbers in the regular season and postseason but what about the Midsummer Classic?
It was 20 years ago that Jeter earned the nod as 2000 All-Star Game MVP. The Yankee Captain hit a career .481 for the junior circuit, which ranks fifth all-time. Let’s take a look back at some of his All-Star Game moments.
2000 ASG MVP
Starting with the most obvious, Jeter became the first New York Yankees player to earn the All-Star Game MVP and later would become the first player ever to earn that award and the World Series MVP in the same season. Jeter went 3-for-3 in Atlanta with a double and a two-run single for the eventual game-winner. All three of his hits came off future teammates, Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown and Al Leiter.
2004 DEJA VU
This game saw Jeter go 3-for-3 as well in Houston. His hit all came off former or future teammates, Roger Clemens, Johnson, and Carl Pavano.
2001 MAKING THE MOST OF IT
The shortstop’s you likely recall the most from the 2001 game in Seattle are Cal Ripken Jr. and Alex Rodriguez. Yet, Jeter made the most of his limited duty, going 1-for-1 in his lone plate appearance. Jeter homered off (say it with me now) future teammate Jon Lieber. Jeter became the first Yankee to homer in All-Star Game since Yogi Berra took Don Drysdale deep in 1959.
2008 HISTORIC YANKEE STADIUM
Jeter notched a hit off Ben Sheets on a 1-for-3 evening with a stolen base. The big picture though was Jeter starting at his position in his home ballpark in the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. After being removed from the game in the sixth inning, Jeter received a standing ovation from the Stadium crowd. Cool stuff.
Jeter also received a standing ovation during his final All-Star Game in Minnesota in 2014. Leading off for the AL, Jeter went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. At age 40, Jeter also became the oldest player to record a pair of hits in the game.